Sunday, June 30, 2013

July: TONS more FREE webinars!

These are all in Central time -- check out the calendar (below) for Pacific time.

July 12 (12-1 pm)
Making Difficult Conversations Easy (Effectiveness Institute)
Do you shy away from conflict? In organizations across the world conflict is avoided. Expectations go unmet, values are violated, and overall under-performance exists because people do not know how to effectively resolve issues without resorting to the use of power. This one-hour session introduces you to concepts that enable you to begin to "integrate conflict" - to walk into it and effectively handle it - rather than avoid it. 
For more information and to register for this program, visit: 

July 16 (12-1 pm)
Book Group Buzz (Booklist) 
Leading a book group can be a lot of work, from finding new titles to searching for discussion questions. In this free, hour-long webinar, Rebecca Vnuk, Reference and Collection Management Editor for Booklist, will be joined by representatives from HarperCollins, Random House Library Marketing, and Sourcebooks for a discussion of upcoming and backlist titles that are a perfect fit for adult book groups, as well as a whirlwind tour of must-know websites for book discussion leaders.
For more information and to register for this program, visit: 

July 17 (11-12 pm)
Leading Organizational Change (NonProfit Webinars)
In a rapidly changing world, every leader needs to understand how to effectively guide organizational change. Change may be necessary for many reasons, such as meeting new customer demands; implementing a strategic plan; upgrading technology systems; or coping with challenges. Leaders often wonder how to promote buy-in and engagement during what is sometimes a difficult process. This webinar for staff and board members will focus on: principles of change; understanding how people react to change; common mistakes and how to avoid them; working with resistance; and maintaining open communication. You will learn practical tips and be introduced to resources for further learning.
For more information and to register for this program, visit: 

July 17 (12-1 pm)
Library Social Media Use (WebJunction)
Over half of the world’s 2 billion internet users interact with social media tools to create, share, and exchange information and ideas while online. Libraries are using these tools to market programs and services, and to connect and engage with their communities beyond the library walls. Join us as we explore Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest as examples of tools that are being used successfully by libraries. The webinar will cover how to create, administer, moderate, and leverage your library’s online presence. Some basic security settings for each social media tool will be discussed as well.
For more information and to register for this program, visit: 

July 18 (9-10 am)
DIY Options for Mobile Websites (Texas State Library and Archives Commission)
Are you interested in do-it-yourself options for developing a mobile website for your library?  The Texas State Library is planning on offering training on this topic, but we need your input.  Christine Peterson of Amigos Library Services is conducting a 1 hour webinar, showcasing the following common DIY mobile options: Google Sites mobile templates, Kurago Kurogo Mobile Platform, jQuery Mobile, and Responsive Web Design using CSS media queries.  In conjunction with the webinar, you will have an opportunity to vote via survey for the solution you would like to receive training on.
For more information and to register for this program, visit: 
July 19 (11-12:30 pm)
Information Literacy Assessment: What Works? What Doesn't? (LYRASIS)
During the last Polite Debate Society, we addressed Information literacy from the teaching perspective... How to teach the Hard Stuff (Recording:  In part 2 of the series, panelists from the information literacy community will spend 90 minutes discussing key issues in information literacy assessment. The teaching landscape for IL librarians continues to evolve rapidly. Assessment strategies used previously in the traditional classroom environment are challenging, if not impossible to implement in an educational setting where we use both the physical and virtual classroom, where technology dictates our approach to teaching so heavily, and where many deal with the pressure cooker of the "one shot" class.  Still others are learning what kinds of assessment strategies are most effective in the semester long credit bearing information literacy course. In our Polite Debate Society session, our panel will review and critique some common assessment strategies, discuss what works and what doesn't in a variety of settings, and share ideas for best practices in information literacy assessment.
For more information and to register for this program, visit: 

July 23 (12-1 pm)
Localize, Mobilize, and Spotlight Your Library Services and Outreach (WebJunction)
Libraries play a critical role in their communities that goes beyond their collections, focusing on events, outreach and library as place. In an increasingly digital and mobile world, libraries need new ways to reach out and engage. Now with the new OCLC Library Spotlight program (, you can set up a dynamic mobile view of your library and dramatically extend its visibility into many popular web services—in just 10 minutes. Learn about this free service, available to all, that will make it easier for your library to be found on the web and through highly trafficked services like Yelp. Hear how one library focused its messaging and engagement through coordinated efforts at a local level to maximize their web presence and reach.
For more information and to register for this program, visit: 

July 24 (9-3pm)
School Library Journal Summer Teen (School Library Journal) 
SummerTeen presents popular YA authors talking about their writing experiences and current and forthcoming titles in a conversational panel format, including Q&A sessions with the audience. Presentations led by school and teen library experts will address the hottest trends in YA literature including mystery/thriller, historical fantasy, technology and diversity. And you’ll hear directly from publishers about the newest books you’ll want for your teens this year. SummerTeen is a free, must-attend online event for teen and young adult services librarians and educators from public and school library settings, as well as teen advisory groups, book clubs and anyone who loves YA/teen literature.
For more information and to register for this program, visit: 
July 24 (10-11 am)
5 Choices to Extraordinary Productivity (American Management Association) 
Attend this webcast and learn about FranklinCovey’s program called “5 Choices to Extraordinary Productivity.” The program, supported by science and years of experience, will give you an overview, key concepts and elements of a process that has helped countless individuals yield a measurable increase in their productivity. It will also give you hope, a renewed sense of engagement, and show you how implementing these tools and concepts can make or break your ability to achieve the most important outcomes in your work and personal life.
For more information and to register for this program, visit: 
July 24 (11-1 pm)
Accessing Employment Statistics Using "OnTheMap" (United States Census Bureau)
Uncover a wealth of information available on U.S. workers in an overview of this online mapping and reporting application. See where they are employed and where they live with companion reports on worker characteristics and optional filtering by age, earnings, or industry groups.
For more information and to register for this program, visit: 

July 24 (11-12 pm)
Building Social Capital to Enhance Collaboration (NonProfit Webinars)
Typically when people think about social capital, it is associations, networks and relationships that result in a gain. I believe that organizations tend to build partners with those who are similar (bonding social capital) instead of bridging, another form of social capital with those who are different. In this workshop, participants will learn more about social capital and how to leverage networks that can increase program partners and potential funders.
For more information and to register for this program, visit: 

July 24 (1-2 pm)
Early Literacy Programming in the Digital Age (InfoPeople)
Check the Infopeople website for more information on this program.
For more information and to register for this program, visit: 

July 25 (9-10 am)
An eBook Publishing Primer - what librarians need to know to help local authors (Montana State Library)
Where do local authors go to find out about self-publishing an eBook? Why, they should go to the library, of course! 
Jo Flick of the Montana State Library and Jodi Christophe of the Missoula Public Library's Web-On-Wheels branch library will introduce librarians to several epublishing options that they can share with local authors interested in self-publishing.  Jodi and Jo will explain the issues and decisions that authors face when choosing which service they use to self publish, they will provide links to many resources available to authors from epublishing to researching copyright issues. Participants will leave this session with a working knowledge of how epublishing works.
For more information and to register for this program, visit: 

July 31 (9-10 am)
Tech Talk with Michael Sauers (Nebraska Library Commission)
In this monthly feature of NCompass Live, the NLC’s Technology Innovation Librarian, Michael Sauers, will discuss the tech news of the month and share new and exciting tech for your library. There will also be plenty of time in each episode for you to ask your tech questions. So, bring your questions with you, or send them in ahead of time, and Michael will have your answers.
For more information and to register for this program, visit: 

July 31 (10-11 am)
Keys to Improving Project Team Performance Using the Myers Briggs Type Indicator (American Management Association)
If there weren’t people involved, my project would have been delivered on time and under budget! Sound familiar? Unfortunately, the reality is that people are involved in the execution of every project and not even the most sophisticated software or project template can change that fundamental truth. Communication, interpersonal skills, and an understanding of team dynamics are a project manager’s greatest asset for driving optimal project performance, and the MBTI tool can fast forward that competence exponentially. This webcast will present an overview of personality type and how the different types can be leveraged to form a team that harnesses the best of all of them.
For more information and to register for this program, visit: 

July 31 (11-12 pm)
Accountable Fundraising: You Can Integrate Achievement, Long-term Success and Stewardship (NonProfit Webinars)
Suggested practices in this webinar will significantly improve your bottom line as you gain better results for your cause, increases loyalty from staff and board, and deepen the level of appreciation from those who support your mission.
For more information and to register for this program, visit: 

Saturday, June 29, 2013

July: Database of the Month: How does your garden grow?

July 11 (9:15-10am Pacific)
Let’s use gardening as a topic to review some of our basic GoWYLD databases:  EBSCO’s Masterfile, Gale’s General One File, and ProQuest’s eLibrary Curriculum Edition (and maybe a few others).  We’ll look at finding full text and what to do if you have an abstract, and locating activities and projects.

For more information and to register for this program, visit:

July: Using Census Data to Apply for a Grant

July 11 (9-10:30 am Pacific)

Practice accessing statistics from the decennial census, the American Community Survey and economic information from American FactFinder in order to complete a grant scenario.

For more information and to register for this program, visit: 

July: Location, Location, Location: Mastering HTML 5 Geolocation

July 11 (9-10 am Pacific)

Do you know where your users are? The HTML 5 Geolocation API is a JavaScript-based interface that allows you to programmatically get access to a user's approximate latitude and longitude. You can get a snapshot of their location or even continuous updates. The best part is the API is now built into many of the latest generation of browsers. In this hands-on webcast presented by Andy Gup, he'll step you through how the API works, as well as take an in-depth look at the data it provides and how to use it effectively. We'll nail the key things you need to know to implement this API into your existing systems right away. You'll learn that not all data is created equally. To hit home the concepts we'll demonstrate using the API in several real world scenarios and show how this information can be successfully integrated into a backend system for analysis.

For more information and to register for this program, visit:

July: Hire Like A Pro: How to Avoid the 4 Fatal Hiring Mistakes That Almost Everyone Makes

July 10  12pm Pacific
Hiring the right people is absolutely critical to the success of any organization. Your team dictates your ability to execute your organization’s mission. Unfortunately, so many managers are using old hiring strategies that are not effective any longer. They ask the wrong interview questions and they make poor hiring decisions. The result? An inadequate team, or a lot of bad turnover. The team suffers, the manager suffers, and no real work gets done. In this webinar we will describe the 4 most common hiring mistakes and how to stop them immediately.

For more information and to register for this program, visit:

July: 3D Printing for Everyone: What you need to build your own 3D printer

July 10   1pm Pacific
In this webcast, I will introduce you to my open source 3D Printer that I built from a kit. I'll share my experiences of both joy and tears, from assembly and tuning, to modeling and printing. We'll cover the kinds of open source models, compare their commercial counterparts, talk about heat, plastic types and potential. If you are curious about 3D printing, but don't know much about it, I hope to cover all of the basics. If you have been doing your research, but have some pointed questions that will get you off the fence, I hope to answer those too. By the end of the session, my hope is you will all want to build 3D printers of your own, and have all of the information you need to get started.

For more information and to register for this program, visit:

July: Kiss Your BUT Good-Bye to Achieve Professional and Personal Success

July 10 (10-11 am)

Joe and Bob Azelby are seasoned business executives who believe that a career stalls because an individual lacks a certain skill or has a behavior that makes them a less qualified candidate. We all have weaknesses, which the Azelby brothers refer to as “BUTs.”  For example: Bill is a hard worker BUT he can't influence people and Larry is a great producer BUT he is a lousy manager.  Most people do not have any idea how their BUTs are inhibiting their career advancement because their colleagues and even their managers are unwilling to provide much needed candid feedback. This webcast will help you identify your BUTs and provide the tools necessary to shrink them. In addition, they’ll explore the importance of strong managers and demonstrate how a manager’s BUT can have a negative impact on his or her team.

For more information and to register for this program, visit:

July: Learning in the Learning Commons: How UNK Moved Out of the Silos and into a Dance Hall

July 10 (7-8 am Pacific)
Learning in the Learning Commons: How UNK Moved Out of the Silos and into a Dance Hall (Nebraska Library Commission)

The UNK Learning Commons opened softly the Fall of 2010 with the goal of coordinating multiple academics student services in one convenient place. Now, nearly three years later, the UNKLC has become a hot spot for campus partnerships that contribute to the students’ academic success. Learn out why it started, how far it’s come, and where it’s going next. Speakers: Keri Pearson, Interim Assistant Director, UNK Learning Commons; Dr. Ron Wirtz, Assistant Director of the Learning Commons for the Library.

For more information and to register for this program, visit:

July: Libraries, Children and Families: new research and policy recommendations on role of libraries in early reading

July 9   12pm Pacific
The importance of early childhood education was underscored by President Obama in his most recent State of the Union address: "Study after study shows that the sooner a child begins learning, the better he or she does down the road." Join us to hear Susan Hildreth, director of the Institute of Museum and Library Services, present on a recent report, Growing Young Minds, developed with the Campaign for Grade-level Reading, that highlights the role of libraries in early learning. The report also offers a plan of action for policy makers to build on current research and include libraries in early learning strategies. Attendees will learn about best practices for enhancing reading programs and how to participate in your community’s efforts to address literacy concerns. In addition, Lee Rainie, director of the Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project, will describe the Project’s newly released report about the special role that libraries play in the life of families with children. Attendees will learn what matters to parents about their library experiences with their children, and how library programs and outreach can address those needs.

For more information and to register for this program, visit:

July: Grantseeking Basics

July 9   11:00am Pacific
Gain an introduction to the world of foundation fundraising. Are you a representative of a nonprofit organization? Are you new to fundraising? Do you want to learn how the funding research process works, and what tools and resources are available? Learn how to become a better grantseeker! In this class we will cover: what you need to have in place before you seek a grant; the world of grantmakers; the grantseeking process; and available tools and resources.

For more information and to register for this program, visit:

July: How to Build Websites Like Hollywood Builds Movies: The Life-Cycle of a Drupal Project

July 9    10:00am Pacific

Cost: Free
In this webcast, we’ll look at the life-cycle of a Drupal development project through the lens of Hollywood storytelling. Learn how to deliver successful projects that are on time, on budget, and meet customer expectations through a comparison of how the narrative structure of various films compares to different process models for site development. Not only will you come away with a better understanding of how to approach your next Web development project, but you’ll also gain a greater appreciation for the life lessons taught by some of your favorite Hollywood films.
This webcast will cover:
  • Managing Audience Expectations
  • The Structure of Storytelling
  • The Three Act Web Development Cycle
  • The Agile Process
  • Elements of a Successful Open Source Web Platform

July: Events for (Almost) Everyone

July 9   10:00am Pacific
Events can be an excellent way to connect with patrons, volunteers, your partnering organizations, and your surrounding neighborhood. They build good will, educate about your services, and add to your list of annual successes.  This presentation will share the rudiments of low- or no-cost events for which the idea and spirit behind them are as important as the successful execution.

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July 2014: Objective Overruled

July 14, 2014   7:00am Pacific

If you are still finding yourself writing learning objectives that contain the words “understand” or “know,” then object to those objectives and invest an hour honing your objective writing skills!
A well –written set of learning objectives is crucial for a course to succeed. How can we teach something if we don’t know what we want the outcome to be? Learning objectives should clearly state the specific knowledge, skills or attitude that is desired as well as the learning method involved and the criteria for achievement.
We will explore the ABCD and CAS methods (among others) of developing learning objectives, discuss writing objectives for performance-based courses vs. information based courses and touch on the role Bloom’s taxonomy plays when developing your objectives.

Feb 2014: Once Upon a Time, Storytelling WAS Learning

February 10, 2014   7:00am Pacific

We all like a good story, right? Well, your brain likes a good story too. Research has shown that our brains wilt faster than a hot lettuce leaf when presented with a bunch of slides containing bullet points. (You probably already suspected that on some level, but as it turns out it really is true!) The language processing part of our brains is the only part that is active when we are experiencing death by PowerPoint.
It’s tough to learn with a wilted brain.
On the other hand, when we are listening to a story our brains light up like a pinball machine. Our brains are not just sitting there decoding language, but instead are fully engaged and experiencing the events of the story. This is what makes storytelling such a great learning tool. Come find out how you can use storytelling in all of your classes whether they're virtual, face-to-face or computer-based!

Sept: Learning on Demand: Evolution of Technology and the Future of Learning

August 26, 2013   7:00am Pacific

This session will introduce participants to the technologies that are shaping the future of the World Wide Web and how those technologies disrupt existing web based training design.

Using the five key principles of the web, participants will explore how to design for a web that is evolving based on these principles in a way that is significantly different from existing design methods.

This session will be based on the principles of Reuben Tozman’s new book, Learning on Demand: How the Evolution of Technology is Shaping the Future of Learning.

Learning Objectives

In this session participants will learn the five key principles of the web that has sustained its growth:
  1. The web wants to be fed.
  2. The web wants to understand what it is being fed.
  3. The web wants content to be viral.
  4. The web wants you to know you.
  5. The web wants you to communicate

Aug: Gamification and the Virtual Classroom

August 12, 2013   7am Pacific

Gamification is the utilization of game thinking and game mechanics in the training environment to engage learners and solve learning problems. Gamification and the virtual classroom is a trending topic in the learning and development community. Is gamification just points, badges, and leaderboards or is there more to it? What types of games are appropriate for the virtual classroom and what can we teach with games?

This seminar will look at games that teach executive function skills such as planning, goal setting and prioritization. The session will also explore why these types of games are well-suited to the unique, collaborative environment of the virtual classroom.

Learning Objectives

At the end of the session, participants will be able to:
  • Identify the games that can be used to teach executive function.
  • Suggest games that take advantage of the virtual classroom’s collaborative nature.

July: Learning & Supporting @ the Point of Work

The learning environment is evolving. Design and delivery methods are being pushed to expand scope and head downstream into the post-training work context where this convergence manifests in workflows. Informal learning becomes critical, and is shrinking to meet the demands of just-enough-just-in-time-just-for-me. This expanded learning environment is loaded with interdependencies and is requiring us to treat it as a dynamic learning ecosystem. Deeper discovery that drives design, development and delivery decisions must be accomplished to address an edge-to-edge continuous learning environment.
Effectively implementing learning and performer support edge-to-edge exceeds the limits of classroom and on-line training venues. The ecosystem approach suggests there is a continuum of learning supported embedded within our solutions. This session examines a framework called the PDR Learning Continuum that serves as an overlay to the ecosystem concept and integrates learning and support @ the point of work. 

July: The 3 P's in Strategic Planning for the Virtual Classroom

7am Pacific
Many organizations desire to improve their training departments by ‘going virtual’ or they have been in the virtual classroom for a while but are not sure what they can do to take their programs to the next level. This seminar will discuss the 3 P’s in strategic planning for the virtual classroom: People, Process and Programs.

For more information and to register for this program, visit: 

Thursday, June 27, 2013

July-Aug: Rethinking Reference Collections

July 9, 2013 to August 5, 2013

Formats for reference resources are evolving and library staff and user expectations are evolving along with them. Are you ready to rethink the purpose and development of your library's reference collection? Rethinking your collection enables you to suggest changes to reference collection development that better reflect the realities of today’s demand and usage. You’ll be able to make decisions about purchases and policies that help build a reference collection for the future.

In this popular course, you will explore:
  • How reference resources are changing
  • Methods for measuring usage of reference resources
  • Weeding guidelines
  • Collection decisions that meet staff and user needs
  • Ways to promote use of reference materials

Instructor: Dave Tyckoson

Fee: $75 for those in the California library community and Infopeople Partners, $150 for all others. 
For a complete course description and to register go to

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

July: Five Clicks (or Fewer) to Census Data

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Start Time:         12 Noon Pacific -- 1PM Mountain -- 2PM Central -- 3PM Eastern

NOTE: This entire webinar will consist of “hands-on” exercises using Census Bureau online tools and data from the 2010 Census and the American Community Survey. We strongly urge you to print the handouts in advance.

American FactFinder Part 1 of 2

Do you need to know:
•How to create a mash-up map of the population and economic data of your city?
•The educational attainment level of Asians in different cities in California?
•The number of people in your county with health insurance coverage?

Linda Clark, data dissemination specialist for the U. S. Census Bureau, will guide you through the latest version of the American FactFinder database.

At the end of this one-hour webinar, participants will be able to:
•Quickly find the most current population for any city or county in the U.S.
•Obtain basic counts of people in specific categories
•Drill down to find rich topical data for your community at low levels of geography
•Locate tables that cross-tabulate broad subject areas with local race, ethnic, and tribal groups
•Answer most user inquiries in five clicks or fewer!

This webinar will be of interest to public libraries, medical libraries, law libraries, school and university libraries, reference desk staff, and all others engaged in providing customer service to people needing Census data.

Part 2 of this webinar will introduce you to even more detailed ways of accessing data in the American FactFinder and will be presented on Wednesday, August 14, 2013.

For more information and to participate in the Wednesday, July 10, 2013 webinar, go to

Webinars are free of charge, you can pre-register by clicking on the Join Webinar button now or go directly to the webinar by clicking on Join Webinar within 30 of the start of the event. If you pre-registered you will receive an email with login link and a reminder email the day before the event. If you did not preregister and you can register in the 30 minutes prior to the event and directly enter.

If you are unable to attend the live event, you can access the archived version the day following the webinar.  Check our archive listing at:

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

July-Aug: Dynamic One-Shot Library Instruction

Asynchronous eCourse beginning July 15 and continuing for 4 weeks
An ALA Editions eCourse facilitated by Heidi Buchanan and Beth McDonough
Price: $175.00

Please note: Your purchase at the ALA Store is only Step 1 of a 2-Step Registration process!
Upon purchase you will receive a registration PDF in the form of a digital download. This PDF contains a link to our Registration page and a password. You must download this PDF and follow the instructions in order to complete the registration. The download link can be found on the final confirmation screen after you complete your purchase, and may also be accessed from your Account History. Confirmation with login instructions, reminders, and alerts will go to the email address used in the registration.
This eCourse is licensed for a single user. For pricing on bulk purchases in excess of $1,000, please contact us for more information.

Estimated Hours of Learning: 24 Certificate of Completion available upon request

Meaningful library instruction in 50 minutes? No problem.
Faced with planning your one-shot library instruction, you no doubt feel hard-pressed to squeeze in all your library has to offer plus tips on the research process in a mere 50 minutes.  Authentic learning with student interaction may seem unattainable. It’s not. The keys are communicating clearly with the course instructor, developing a realistic plan, and employing effective teaching strategies.  With more than 30 years combined experience in teaching information literacy, Heidi Buchanan and Beth McDonough have designed an eCourse where you will experience effective learning activities yourself and be ready to prepare your own.
The eCourse includes synchronous and asynchronous small group discussions. Save the date for a live webinar on Wednesday, July 31, 3:00-4:30 Eastern.
Learning outcomes
  • Participants will develop effective communication and collaboration strategies in order to co-design information literacy sessions with course instructors
  • Participants will employ active learning strategies and classroom assessment techniques in order to facilitate meaningful learning
  • Participants will match the best hands-on activities to the students’ stage in the research process in order to make information literacy instruction relevant and meaningful

eCourse outline

Week One: Communication and Collaboration with Course Instructors
  • Perceptions and misperceptions
  • Conversation starters
  • Push back without being pushy
  • The instruction interview
  • How and when to say NO!
Week Two: Creating a Realistic Plan
  • Teaching vs. covering
  • Usefulness and relevance to the students
  • Threshold concepts
  • Ditch the demo
  • About learning objectives…
  • Timing is everything
Week Three: Active learning strategies
  • Online Jigsaw—experience an active learning technique and learn about additional strategies
    • One minute Paper
    • Fishbowl
    • Think-pair-share
    • Gallery walk
    • Concept maps and graphic organizers
    • Case studies
    • Role Play
    • Games
Week Four: Assessment
  • Why bother?
  • Classroom assessment techniques
  • Making use of the data

How this eCourse Works

The eCourse begins on July 15. Your participation will require approximately six hours a week.All activities take place on the website, and you will be expected to
  •    Read, listen to or view online content
  •    Post to online discussion boards
  •    Complete weekly assignments or activities
Instructors Heidi Buchanan and Beth McDonough will monitor discussion boards regularly during the four-week period, lead group discussions, and will also answer individual questions. All interaction will take place on the eCourse site, which will be available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. It's recommended that students log into the site on July 15 or within a few days for an overview of the content and to begin the first lesson.
User Requirements

Participants will need regular access to a computer with an internet connection for online message boards participation, viewing online video, listening to streaming audio (mp3 files), and downloading and viewing PDFs and PowerPoint files. ALA Editions eCourses are fully compatible with Windows and MacOs.

About the Instructors

Heidi Buchanan, a MSLS graduate of UNC-Chapel Hill and Head of Research and Instruction Services at Western Carolina University, is a graduate of ACRL Immersion and is certified as a master trainer by the State Library of North Carolina.
Beth McDonough holds an MLIS from UNC-Greensboro, and is completing a dissertation about critical information literacy for an Ed.D in Leadership of Curriculum and Instruction from Western Carolina University. She is a National Board certified teacher in school library media and is a research an instruction librarian at Western Carolina University.